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Next-generation plate-tectonic reconstructions using GPlates

Boyden, James A. and Müller, R. Dietmar and Gurnis, Michael and Torsvik, Trond H. and Clark, James A. and Turner, Mark and Ivey-Law, Hamish and Watson, Robin J. and Cannon, John S. (2011) Next-generation plate-tectonic reconstructions using GPlates. In: Geoinformatics: Cyberinfrastructure for the Solid Earth Sciences. Cambridge University Press , Cambridge, pp. 95-113. ISBN 9780521897150.

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Plate tectonics is the kinematic theory that describes the large-scale motions and events of the outermost shell of the solid Earth in terms of the relative motions and interactions of large, rigid, interlocking fragments of lithosphere called tectonic plates. Plates form and disappear incrementally over time as a result of tectonic processes. There are currently about a dozen major plates on the surface of the Earth, and many minor ones. The present-day configuration of tectonic plates is illustrated in Figure 7.1. As the interlocking plates move relative to each other, they interact at plate boundaries, where adjacent plates collide, diverge, or slide past each other. The interactions of plates result in a variety of observable surface phenomena, including the occurrence of earthquakes and the formation of large-scale surface features such as mountains, sedimentary basins, volcanoes, island arcs, and deep ocean trenches. In tum, the appearance of these phenomena and surface features indicates the location of plate boundaries. For a detailed review of the theory of plate tectonics, consult Wessel and Muller (2007).

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